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Oxymitra ]                          JFLOEA INDICA.                                   145
ovali-oblong us.    Carpella spathulata, stipite late compresso, sesquipollicem longa,
This species differs from A. Javanica in several important points. In that species
the ovaries are 8-10, globose, broader than and very distinct from their pedicel, and
terminated by a depressed, almost globose style. The abnormal inner anthers of
that species are also wanting in the A. Zeylanica, which, however, agrees in every
respect with Cuming's and Lobb's specimens from the Philippiiics, Cunning's No.
4961, also from Luzon, is not certainly identical with our plant. We have not ex-
amined its flowers, but, according to a note by M, Flanchon in Herb. Hook., the
anthers are different from those of the Java species. The leaves of A. Zeylanica
are somewhat like those of A. prinoides, St. Hil.; but in that species they taper gra-
dually, and are not abruptly acuminated. The fruit is also very oblique, and the
dorsal margin is bent at a right angle, almost semispathnlate, while in A, Zeylamca
it is nearly regular in outline, both margins being alike,
20. OXYMITRA, Blume.
Polyalthiac § Oxymitra, Bl. Fl. Jav. Anon.
Sepala 3. Petala 6, biseriatim valvata; exteriora raulto majora,
elongata, plana, tenuia; interiora ovata vel oblonga, conniventia, basi
iutcrdura angustata. Stamina lineari-oblonga, apicc trancato-capitata,
anthcrariim loculis lincaribus dorsalibus discretis. Torus alte conicus
vel siibtmncatiis. Ovaria oblonga, dense strigosa; ovula in sutura
ventral! prope basin 1-2 funiculo elongate adscondentia. Stylus obo-
vatus. 'Carpella monosperma.—Frutices $cand.enie$t pedunculis extra-
alaribus uni/loris, nervis foliorum obliquis validis remotiusculis, nervuli*
crebris subparalldis tramversis connexis.
This genus, one of those united by Blnme under Potyalthia, but distinguished as
a section under the name we have adopted, appears, so far as our limited materials
enable us to judge, a very natural one. The species are all very similar in habit and
general appearance, and are especially alike in the peculiar nervaiion, the numerous
cross nerves between the distant principal ones being strongly marked. In the two
species of which we have been able to examine the ovaries, we find one ovule rising
from very near the base, and supported by a longish funiculus, with the nucleus pro-
jecting beyond the exostome; but .Blame describes and figures U*. cuneiforms as two-
bvulcd. We. have, therefore, here, as well as in, Phtfanthus, one- and two-ovuled
species in the same genus; and perhaps it will be found that the number varies in
the same specicsj but, from the extreme difficulty of examining the ovaries of these'
plants after drying, this can only be determined by investigating the recent plant.
The genus is in floral characters very close in the natural series to Unona, differing
little from the section T)asj/mascJialon> except in number and position of ovules, and
in the presence of small inner petals.
lu addition to the four described below, Cuming's No. 1896, from-the Philippines,
and 0. cuneiformis, Blume, are the only species referable to Oxymitra which have
come under our notice.
1: O; latifolia (Il.f, et T.) ; foliis ovalibus vel obovatis obtusis-
simis basi cordatis, pedunculis medio unibracteatis.
HAB. In. ins. Penang, Phillip*!— («?. a. in Herb* Hook.)
Jrutex scandens. EamuH validi, elongati, corticc nigricante ruguloso, pnnctis
minutis alb'is conspersi, juuiores dense fcrniginco^tomentosi. Folia 6-12 polllonga,
4-7 poll, lata, petiolo i-\)oll., coriucca, rigida, supcrnc glabcrrima, uitida, subtus
})ubc5ccntiu, &oeus contain ncrvosquo fi:rru<riucO'touicutastt, uervulis seconda-